USO legend Bob Hope performs for Troops in Sicily on a 1943 USO Tour. (Photo reprinted by the USO with permission from the Bob Hope Collection.)
One hundred seven years ago today, Leslie Townes Hope was born in England. You might know him better as Bob. Yes, it’s Bob Hope’s birthday and we’re celebrating by bringing you this special poem, which salutes all of those who have supported the USO and our Troops…
Throughout its noble history
the USO has been there
for America’s brave, honorable ones
who answered our beloved country’s call
on behalf of us all,
standing proudly tall
defending the home of the brave,
and keeping the USA
the land of the free
with oh so many in harm’s way.
The USO has gone and continues to go
with patriotic volunteer entertainers
from legends to new star faces
bringing enjoyable reprieve
to our troops near and far away,
with a message of appreciation, respect, and support
for their valiant duty to country!
The USO truly exemplifies
love and pride of America,
as does all the involved celebrity patriots
with a special salute to those being there
whenever asked like… Bob Hope, Wayne Newton,
Martha Raye, Ann-Margret, Gary Sinise, and Toby Keith.
Thanks for the memories
that you brought to every American troop!
by David G. Bancroft, Founder of USA Patriotism!
Copyright © May 27, 2010 All Rights Reserved
It’s that special time of year again when we at the USO salute our men and women in uniform – and all who have served – by celebrating the six weeks (or thereabouts) between Memorial Day and July 4th. We call it “The Patriotic Six” and this year we have so many ways that YOU can show your support!
- Check out the website – it’s your one-stop shop for all things Patriotic Six.
- Grab the widget – get a new patriotic fact every day and share it on all of your social networking sites; there’s even an iPhone App!
- Add the Twibbon to your Twitter avatar – create a free account and you can position the Patriotic Six logo wherever you like
- Change your desktop wallpaper – add one of our customized camo backgrounds for work or home computers
- Fan us on Facebook – we’re looking to reach “60 in 6″ – 60,000 fans in six weeks, that is! It’s a big goal, but we know we can reach it and show the world how much support the USO has on Facebook!
Finally, we want to let you know that each week during the Patriotic Six we have a fantastic giveaway! Today we have the DVD of Dear John – just released today – along with USO-branded goodies for one lucky blog reader. [Please note: this contest has already ended, but we'll have another great one next week!]
To enter the contest, just leave a comment on today’s blog letting us know how YOU plan to celebrate during the Patriotic Six. One comment will be selected at random to receive the gift pack. Sorry, but USO employees and their families are not eligible.
We have many more exiting things in store for your during the next six weeks. Be sure to bookmark the blog or add it to your RSS feed for all the latest Patriotic Six happenings.
UPDATE: We’ve added the trailer! There’s still time to comment; we’ll draw the winner on Thursday at Noon EST.
Channing Tatum stars in ‘Dear John,’ a romantic drama about a soldier who falls in love with a conservative college student. Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks.